August 30, 2012 in City

Watch for a blue moon tomorrow night

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Sky watchers Friday night can get a look at a blue moon, although it will actually look like any other full moon.

The term blue moon applies to the second full moon in a given month, an event that occurs periodically.

The lunar cycle is 29.5 days long, producing full moons typically once a month.

The last blue moon was on Dec. 31, 2009. The next one won’t occur until 2015.

Over a 19-year period, there are seven years with 13 full moons, according to the EarthSky website.

Originally, “blue moon” was applied to the passage of four full moons during a calendar season.

This story has been edited to correct a date error.


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